The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack on a bus outside of Cairo that killed at least 29 Coptic Christians including 10 children on Friday, May 26.

The group used its news agency Aamaq to announce that its soldiers attacked a group of Coptic Christians in a bus heading for a monastery near Cairo. They have claimed that 32 people were killed.

This is the fourth attack carried out by the Islamic State terror group on Coptic Christians since December 2016. Two churches were stormed by suicide bombers on Palm Sunday and a church in Cairo was attacked in December. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi declared a three-month state of emergency after the assaults on Palm Sunday.

In the last attack on the bus participated at least 10 masked terrorists who were dressed in military uniforms. According to witnesses they demanded that the passengers recite the Muslim profession of faith and then opened fire.

The Egyptian Cabinet said in a news release that 13 victims of Friday’s attack remained hospitalized in Cairo and the southern province of Minya where the attack to place. Only three children on board the bus survived.

Pope Francis prayed Saturday for the Coptic Christians killed a day earlier in Egypt by Islamic extremists, saying that there are more Christian martyrs today than in ancient times.

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